June 6, 2001
Volume 7 — Number 103

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00 New Opinion(s) from the Tennessee Supreme Court
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Lucian T. Pera
Editor-in-Chief, TBALink

IN RE: GUARDIANSHIP OF COURTNEY WARNER HODGES, A MINOR 

Court:TCA

Attorneys:   

Warner Hodges, III, Germantown, for Appellant

D. Beecher Smith, II, Memphis, for Appellee                       

Judge: HIGHERS

First Paragraph:

This appeal arises from the deed and devise of property to Courtney
Warner Hodges, a minor, by her great grandmother, now deceased.  The
Appellee brought a petition for appointment of a guardian for Courtney
in the Probate Court of Shelby County.  The petition stated that
Courtney needed a guardian to represent her interests and collect and
invest her income from the property.  The petition also stated that
the income interest to Courtney was not encumbered by trust. 
Following a hearing, the trial court entered an order for management
of minor's estate.  The trial court found that the evidence was
insufficient to impose oral trusts upon the property.

The Appellant appeals from the refusal by the Probate Court of Shelby
County to impose oral trusts upon the property deeded and devised to
Courtney.  For the reasons stated herein, we affirm the trial court's
decision.

http://www.tba.org/tba_files/TCA/hodgescourtneyw.wpd


PATRICIA JOAN MORA v. GILBERTO RAMIREZ MORA Court:TCA Attorneys: Paul E. Lewis, Millington, for Appellant Charlie R. Ashford, Memphis, for Appellee Judge: HIGHERS First Paragraph: This case involves a dispute stemming from the parties' divorce in 1991. The divorce decree provided that Ms. Mora and the parties' adult daughter could live in the marital home for thirty months following the divorce, at which time the home was to be put on the market for sale and the proceeds divided. After the thirty month period expired, Mr. and Ms. Mora attempted to settle the dispute concerning the marital home. The parties each executed documents, and a dispute arose as to which document embodied the parties' intentions. The trial court ruled on the parties' settlement dispute, and the court also appointed Ms. Mora as the adult daughter's guardian and ordered that Mr. Mora provide support for his daughter. For the following reasons, we affirm in part and reverse in part. http://www.tba.org/tba_files/TCA/morapatricia.wpd
VICTOR T. WILLIAMS v. PERCEY PITZER, et al. Court:TCA Attorneys: Victor T. Williams, Whiteville, Tennessee, Pro Se. Tom Anderson, Jackson, Tennessee, for the appellee, Percey Pitzer. Judge: LILLARD First Paragraph: This is a habeas case. A Wisconsin inmate housed in a Tennessee prison filed a petition for a writ of habeas corpus. The prisoner was incarcerated in Tennessee pursuant to a contract between the Wisconsin correctional department and a private corporation. In his petition, the prisoner alleged that the Wisconsin correctional department did not have the authority to transfer him across state lines, and thus, his incarceration in Tennessee was illegal. The trial court dismissed his petition for failure to state a claim upon which relief can be granted. The plaintiff prisoner appealed. We affirm. http://www.tba.org/tba_files/TCA/williamsvt.wpd
TERRANCE B. BURNETT v. STATE OF TENNESSEE Court:TCCA Attorneys: C. Michael Robbins, Memphis, Tennessee (on appeal); Gary F. Antrican, District Public Defender; and Shana McCoy-Johnson, Assistant District Public Defender (at trial and on appeal), for the appellant, Terrance B. Burnett. Paul G. Summers, Attorney General and Reporter; Mark E. Davidson, Assistant Attorney General; Elizabeth T. Rice, District Attorney General; and Tracey A. Brewer, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee. Judge: GLENN First Paragraph: The petitioner appeals the dismissal of his petition for post-conviction relief, arguing that it was error for the post-conviction court to dismiss his petition without holding an evidentiary hearing. The petitioner pled guilty to two counts of felony murder, two counts of attempted first degree murder, and one count of especially aggravated burglary. In a pro se petition for post-conviction relief, the petitioner alleged that his trial counsel induced him to plead guilty just prior to the start of trial by showing him a videotape of a television show chronicling the final hours of a death row inmate's life. After appointing counsel, the post-conviction court dismissed the petition without an evidentiary hearing, ruling that the petition failed to present a colorable claim for relief. Based upon our review, we affirm the judgment of the post-conviction court. http://www.tba.org/tba_files/TCCA/burnetttb.wpd
STATE OF TENNESSEE v. JAMES L. ROBERSON, aka JAMES ROBINSON, aka "BLOOKIE" Court:TCCA Attorneys: Gary F. Antrican, District Public Defender; Clifford K. McGown, Jr., Assistant District Public Defender (on appeal only); and Julie K. Pillow, Assistant District Public Defender, for the appellant, James L. Roberson. Paul G. Summers, Attorney General and Reporter; Peter M. Coughlan, Assistant Attorney General; Elizabeth T. Rice, District Attorney General; and Tracey A. Brewer, Assistant District Attorney General, for the appellee, State of Tennessee. Judge: GLENN First Paragraph: The defendant, James L. Roberson, was charged with attempted second degree murder for the repeated stabbing of a female acquaintance and was convicted of the offense, following a bench trial. He testified that he was under the influence of drugs at the time of the offense and could not remember what had happened. He appealed the conviction, arguing that, as the result of his mental state, the proof was insufficient to sustain the conviction. We affirm the judgment of the trial court. http://www.tba.org/tba_files/TCCA/robersonjl.wpd

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